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I realize that puree is usually baby food, but sweet potato puree makes me think that maybe those babies are on to something. I can eat spoonfuls of this stuff like pudding, and it can also be used to make real foods workout recovery bars, side dishes, and even the crust of a hearty cottage pie.
Making sweet potato puree is an absolute no-brainer. There are three steps requiring about two minutes of active time: roast, remove skins, puree. Once you have puree on hand, you can eat it plain (and don’t blame me if you can’t stop) or use it to make a variety of dishes from desserts to a rich main course. Read on for a super simple recipe and five ways to make even more sweet potato goodness!
The Base: Sweet Potato Puree
To make enough sweet potato puree for 2-4 people to eat plain, use two large sweet potatoes (about 1.5 pounds). Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and pop those babies in on top of a piece of foil. You don’t need to wrap them up; the foil just catches any sweet potato sugar ooze so you don’t end up with a sticky oven. Roast for about 50 minutes or until potatoes have pulled away from the skins and are tender to the touch.
Let cool for 5-10 minutes, then remove skins and pop those babies right into your food processor (I love my 7-cup KitchenAid). Process for about 30 seconds on low or until they form a smooth puree. You can also mash them using a potato masher or even a wooden spoon, though the end result won’t be quite as smooth.
Now Try It!
Having homemade puree on hand ensures that you don’t have to worry about BPA or additives in canned, store-bought versions. It also saves time so you can get these tasty dishes into your belly even faster. Get to it with these five recipes starring sweet potato:
…Sweet Potato Recovery Bar from Paleo Table: Let these sit in the fridge overnight to maximize sweetness. And the chocolate topping may be “optional” but I would say it’s highly recommended.
…Shepherd’s Pie from PrimalPal: Use your pre-made puree to save time on this hearty paleo shepherd’s pie. I also use the Cottage Pie recipe in Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan and do half mashed cauliflower and half pureed sweet potato. Dreamy!
…Sweet Potato Chai Muffins from PaleOMG: Grain-free, paleo breakfast on the go with a hint of your morning cuppa.
…Loaded Sweet Potato Soup from Wellness Mama: Start at step 3, combining sweet potato puree with squash puree and other ingredients. Again, I don’t know why certain ingredients are optional. Definitely top your soup with bacon and chives.
…To round out your day of eats, try my Sweet Potato Brownies! More cocoa- than chocolate-flavored, this paleo treat is a unique addition to your typical dessert recipes.
Do you make sweet potato puree at home? What’s your favorite sweet potato dish?